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Updated Jan 24, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Documentary to make world premiere at Amazing Arizona Comic Con

Darth Brook (left) dressed as Tira from the video game "Soulcalibur III" pictured with Kip Mussatt (right) of the Kip's World booth.

PHOENIX -- You'll see something different at this year's Amazing Arizona Comic Con convention going on this weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center.

In addition to a lot of comic books, characters, and costumes, you can attend a World Premiere.

The documentary "The Image Revolution" debuts on Saturday at the convention. It's the story of how the creators of "Spawn" and "The Walking Dead" quit Marvel 20 years ago to start their own company.

"You get to see how these risked everything to leave the security blankets of Marvel and DC to break out and blaze their own trail," said Jimmy Jay, the Convention's Director.

Jay said that "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman will answer questions right after the 3 p.m. showing.

Meanwhile, you'll see people in a lot of fun costumes at the convention, including everything from comic book heroes to "Star Wars" Stormtroopers.

"Last year, we had somebody walking around looking like Gene Simmons (of the band "Kiss'), walking around posing with fans," Jay said. He added that the Simmons lookalike stuck out his tongue, something that Simmons is well known for. "You will see some great, great stuff here," said Jay.

We found a woman named Darth Brook who was already in costume before the convention opened.

"I'm Tira from Soulcalibur III," Brook said. "It's a video game. She has a ring blade. She has the soul edge on her side, and she's sort of evil and cute at the same time. I like playing her. " Brook laughed as she added, "I'm evil and cute I guess."

The Amazing Arizona Comic Con runs through Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center. For more information, visit

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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